Give Input on Southeast Library Modernization

DCPL Design Team Launches Survey, Online Idea Box

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DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan stands outside the Southeast Neighborhood Library, May, 2019. The library is slated for renovation beginning in 2021. “People who use the Southeast library are very committed to it. They have a sense of ownership,” he said.

You can offer your opinion on the upcoming modernization of the Southeast Library (403 Seventh St. SE).

The DC Public Library has hired the design/build team of Whiting-Turner Construction/Quinn Evans Architects for the $23 million transformation of the historic Southeast Neighborhood Library.

The Design/Build Team for the library is asking the community to contribute to the planning effort for improvements to and expansion of the Southeast Library with an online survey. The survey consists of 20 questions, many multiple choice, and can be done online.

However, you may have thoughts or suggestions not covered by the scope of the survey. If so, you can also submit your own drawings, photos or suggestions about the new library at Library Idea Upload.

Last year, DCPL told Hill Rag  that the plan is for architectural designs to be developed during 2020, with the $23.5 million renovation is slated to begin in early 2021. The grand reopening, slated for 2022, will coincide with the library’s centennial.

“Our goal is to create a library that serves as a future center of learning and opportunity for all citizens – while preserving the building’s architectural heritage,” reads the introduction to the survey.

DCPL said that community engagement is a vital aspect of the design process for any major change in a neighborhood library, adding that there will be many opportunities throughout the design process for community input in addition to the survey.

Take the survey online now, or submit items to the online idea box. Learn more about the modernization by visiting www.dclibrary.org/southeastlibraryrenovation